Tipplers have their work cut out for them on May 5th! Cinco de Mayo AND Derby Day will be celebrated on the same day so what’s an imbiber to do?
Prepare yourself with a cocktail for each! Following are two cocktails- one a variation on the classic Margarita and one a tip of the cap to Derby Day circa 1940’s- perfect for the occasions at hand.
Our Mayan Temple Margarita is an eclectic mix of fruit and spirit. Siete Leguas Blanco Tequila is the star here, adding intense tropical tones and hearty spice to the cocktail.
Siete Leguas prides themselves on painstakingly slow, traditional methods in creating their spirit and it shows in the glass. The Blanco is joined by Rhum Clément Créole Shrubb Liqueur d’Orange, used instead of Triple Sec, along with St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Dolin Dry Vermouth, and fresh lime juice to balance of sweet and savory. Muddled golden pineapple and mint form the fresh and flavorful fruit base to the cocktail.
Mayan Temple Margarita
- 2 oz Siete Leguas Blanco Tequila
- 1 oz Rhum Clément Créole Shrubb Liqueur d’Orange
- ½ oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- ½ oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
- ½ oz Freshly squeezed lime juice
- Golden Pineapple (cubed)
- Fresh Mint
- David’s Kosher Salt
1. In your mixing glass add 2 cubes of golden pineapple and 6 mint leaves. Muddle the two until a nice pulp forms and the mint leaves are broken up.
2. Juice your limes ahead of time and leave a segment of unsqueezed lime for later. Add tequila, liqueurs, vermouth, and lime juice.
3. Fill glass with ice, cover with cocktail shaker, and mix. Since there is fruit involved, mix longer and more vigorously than usual.
4. Before straining, rim a martini glass with kosher salt by rubbing lime wedge around rim and dipping rim into a small plate of salt. Now you are ready to strain margarita into martini glass and serve.
The Derby is a classic cocktail with several variations. This one is from the 1947 edition of Bartender’s Guide by Trader Vic. The Mint Julep and Old Fashioned almost always get the spotlight so try out this classic concoction as a refreshing alternative to the present day norm.
The Derby is a marriage of bourbon, sweet vermouth, orange curaçao, and fresh lime juice. We are replacing orange curaçao with Rhum Clément Créole Shrubb Liqueur d’Orange. It actually adds more dimension to the cocktail! Jim Beam is the perfect bourbon for this cocktail with earthy tones that keep the expression lean. While I love Dolin vermouth, I found the Martini & Rossi is a little sweeter and works better here. The result is a refreshing, slightly savory cocktail perfect for a hot day at the races.
- 1 oz Jim Beam Bourbon
- ½ oz Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth
- ½ oz Rhum Clément Créole Shrubb Liqueur d’Orange
- ¾ oz Freshly squeezed lime juice
- Fresh Mint
1. Combine bourbon, vermouth, liqueur, and lime juice in cocktail shaker.
2. Fill with ice, shake, and strain into a martini glass.
3. Garnish with a sprig of mint. Cheers!